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Oct 31 2019

MOVIES: JOKER/JUDY/THE CURRENT WAR

By |2019-10-31T18:30:20-05:00October 31st, 2019|Drama, Epic & Historical, Horror, Movies, Thriller|0 Comments

No doubt you've seen my review of PARASITE,  the most well-conceived, executed, and surprising movie out there now, but here's my take on a few more--worthy in whole, in part, or not at all... These films represent my wide-ranging interest in all kinds of movies, even as fewer and fewer of them are now playing [...]

Oct 22 2019

MOVIE: PARASITE

By |2019-10-23T16:56:49-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Drama, Horror, Movies, Thriller|3 Comments

It's all in the title: PARASITE, a meticulously calibrated, razor sharp masterpiece of humor, horror, and social commentary from Korean writer/director Bong Joon-Ho. "Parasite" which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2019-- and the first Korean film to win that honor--subverts all your expectations as it innocently works its way into your psyche. [...]

Dec 17 2018

2018 FILM CRITICS AWARDS: Boston Society of Film Critics/Boston Online Film Critics!

By |2018-12-17T18:09:35-05:00December 17th, 2018|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Romance, Trailers|0 Comments

I love this annual marathon meeting-- our 38th-- of the BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS to decide our year end faves! We voted the "Best" in 15 categories topped by our BEST FILM of the year: the stunning IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK written and directed by Barry Jenkins, about a young African American couple in 1970's [...]

Dec 23 2017

MOVIES/YUMMY&CRUMMY: STAR WARS/THE GREATEST SHOWMAN/THE SHAPE OF WATER/WONDER WHEEL

By |2018-01-17T15:35:29-05:00December 23rd, 2017|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Trailers|0 Comments

They didn't make my Five Fave Films of 2017 so far, nor are they all the Boston area Film Critics choices, but here’s another batch of films, like cookies for the holidays-- yummy & crummy; some to be savored, some to be consumed guiltily in the dark, and some cookies, well, should be tossed.  [...]

Dec 10 2017

2017 FILM CRITICS AWARDS:BOSTON SOCIETY FILM CRITICS/BOSTON ONLINE FILM CRITICS!

By |2017-12-10T19:20:37-05:00December 10th, 2017|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|2 Comments

It happened this weekend: The BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (of which I am a veteran member) met for the 37th time and voted Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD (which a significant number of critics have not yet seen) starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his ostensible farewell performance as a fictional couturier, the BEST FILM [...]

Nov 16 2017

MOVIES:”LADY BIRD” soars above the rest!

By |2017-11-16T20:49:00-05:00November 16th, 2017|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Horror, Movies, Romance|2 Comments

I have been beyond bored with movies this season. THOR still dominates the box office and is playing on 3 screens at my local multiplex. Just not excited about the god of thunder or comedy sequels: DADDY'S HOME  2  (second place at the box office) or A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS both featuring intergenerational hi-jinks at [...]

Jan 04 2017

AN EROTIC THRILLER TWO WAYS: “FINGERSMITH”/”THE HANDMAIDEN”

By |2017-01-04T23:24:08-05:00January 4th, 2017|Drama, Horror, Movies, Theater|1 Comment

Here's a rewarding artistic excursion for the new year-- an erotic crime thriller two ways, one onscreen, the other onstage. Both are based on the devilishly byzantine novel and Mann Booker finalist by Sarah Waters called "FINGERSMITH." (Also a 2005 BBC mini series.) The staged version called FINGERSMITH and adapted by Alexa Junge is now in its final week at [...]

Dec 14 2016

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BUR’s THE ARTERY!

By |2016-12-14T11:58:58-05:00December 14th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Books, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Theater, Thriller, Visual ART, War, Western|0 Comments

                  If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone you love who loves the arts, I am passing along this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, itself a gift from WBUR's The ARTery writers-- and I am proud to be one! This annual gift guide has several stockings full of suggestions in every discipline [...]

Jul 13 2016

MOVIE: SUMMER 2016 MOVIE DOLDRUMS

By |2016-07-14T16:43:52-05:00July 13th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Kids, Movies|0 Comments

This summer at the movies sucks. I normally despise that expression but it accurately describes the vacuum that is this summer's movie season. Underwhelming fare is now playing on mainstream screens everywhere, and I am searching like crazy for things I want to see. Here's what I don't want to see: --NEWSCASTERS playing themselves on the big screen and then complaining about [...]